Disability Awareness Week

Disability Awareness Week is a series of events aimed at educating the Iowa State University community about the wide variety of disabilities, bringing awareness to the barriers faced by many of these individuals, and advocating for a more accessible ISU. 

Monday, October 29, 2018 – Friday, November 2, 2018


All Week Long: 

Interactive Art Exhibit 
Parks Library Lobby 

  • Stop by and add your story, comment, or question to the interactive art exhibit!


Monday, October 29:  

Disability Awareness Week Kickoff! 
10:45am - 1:15pm 
Free Speech Zone, Outside Parks Library 

  • Swing by for goodies, information, and engaging discussions! 

What About Graduate and Professional Students with Medical Conditions/Disabilities? Information Session with Student Panel.
5:00pm - 6:00pm 
Cardinal Room, Memorial Union 

  • All too often graduate students with disabilities/medical conditions are overlooked in conversations about students with disabilities. Navigating graduate and professional student life with a disability differs vastly from the undergraduate experience. Some students come in having had accommodations in undergrad, some people develop disabilities during their time in graduate school, and some people don’t know that their medical condition could be considered as a disability or that they could get accommodations for it. This session will include a presentation on what accommodations and services are available for graduate and professional students as well as a student panel of graduate and professional students with disabilities to talk about their experiences as people with disabilities on this campus.


Tuesday, October 30:  

Beyond Accommodations:  An Introduction to Disability Studies 
12:10pm - 1:00pm 
Gallery Room, Memorial Union  

  • Despite being one of the largest minority groups, people with disabilities are often left out of discussions of diversity. In this introduction to the field of disability studies, Daniel Van Sant (Staff Advocate at Disability Rights Iowa) will discuss disability as an identity, ableism as a form of oppression, and will provide concrete steps the audience can take to start shifting this paradigm.

  • Daniel Van Sant is a Staff Advocate with Disability Rights Iowa who works in the areas of special education and children’s rights. Prior to moving back to Iowa, Daniel was a staff attorney at a legal aid program in Texas where he represented survivors of sexual assault in various types of civil litigation. Daniel received his Juris Doctorate and Masters of Science in Cultural Foundations of Education with a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Disability Studies from Syracuse University. He received his BA from Drake University. Daniel has worked in disability rights at the international, national, and state levels. Daniel identifies as disabled, enjoys watching movies, studying foreign languages, and is a proud Midwesterner.

Alliance for Disability Awareness (ADA) Ice Cream Social  
5:00pm - 6:00pm 
Lobby of the Student Services Building 


Thursday, November 1: 

"How Do We Navigate ThIs?" The Complex Situation of Implementing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities - A Panel for Students and Instructors 
12:30pm - 1:30pm 
Cardinal Room, Memorial Union 

  • For both students and faculty, navigating accommodations for students with disabilities can be stressful, but important. Come to this interactive panel to learn about best practices, things to avoid, and appropriate language from both the faculty and student viewpoint. Co-sponsored by Student Accessibility Services and the Alliance for Disability Awareness.


Friday, November 2:  

Step into My World 
10:45am – 2:15pm 
Parks Library Lobby 

  • Have you ever wanted to try navigating in a wheelchair or with a white cane?  Stop by during this event to experience using a mobility assistance device.